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    December 21, 2011
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>> this is "bbc world news america," reporting from washington. as the violence continues to wage and syria, the warning comes that the death toll could be above 6000. just days after u.s. forces leave, iraq faces political crisis as the prime minister calls for the vice president to be handed over for trial. the american city on the brink of bankruptcy and the residents who refuse to give vent to an economy and in crisis. -- give in to an economy in crisis. ♪ a blast from the past, they thought it was lost for nearly 40 years but a rare recording of 8th bowie classic is rediscovered. -- a bowie classic is
rediscovered. welcome to our viewers on tbs in america and around the globe. the white house says they are as deeply disturbed by reports that as many as 250 people have been killed since the start of this week. their most recent condemnation comes as human rights campaigners say that more than 6000 civilians have died since the uprising began in march. that is much higher than the u.n. estimate. this report contains some graphic images. >> the violence is obviously getting worse as these pictures being sent in by ordinary people from across syria show, even if they cannot all be individually verified. the opposition says 250 people have died since monday alone.
these pictures are thought to be from the northwest where the opposition claims there has been an organized massacre. the crowds attending their funerals have switched their anchors to the arab league, chanting "down with the arab nation." people on the ground in syria believed the rise in violence is because the government would like to stamp out the opposition both for the arab league observers get there. -- before the arab league observers get there. i have been speaking to a human- rights campaigners in homs. >> if you would stop the peace protesters, we would kill you. we don't care about the international community. >> yesterday, in the egyptian capital of cairo, syria gave their final agreement to let the
arab league in after they threatened to take the whole matter to the united nations. the situation is clearly deteriorating. tonight, we have been giving new figures showing that the deaths in syria are above the u.n. estimate of 5000. according to an opposition group, the figure is now 6200. of those, 617 have been tortured to death. that includes children. children have become targets. these pictures show children injured in the fighting. things are inching towards open civil war. these soldiers have defected to the opposition. their capt. would like the outside world to intervene. >> we are demanding a no fly zone. if we get this, we would be able to liberate our country, god
willing. >> it is not just the syrian army firing on civilians, soldiers are fighting soldiers. >> as the unrest and bloodshed continues in syria, egyptian women have taken to the streets in cairo in unprecedented numbers. this is described as the biggest women's demonstration in modern egyptian history. they are outraged by images of soldiers beating and stripping a female protester in tahrir square during the most recent clashes there. our correspondent was there last month when she was a salted and arrested by the police. -- when she was assaulted and arrested by the police. are you shocked by the size of the protest? >> i am a static. the and women are rescuing the revolution.
they're making it clear that they will no longer be silent at the horrific and a brutal and sadistic violence that the army and police have unleashed not just on women on men as well. >> do you see the revolution as under threat or is this an inevitable part of a very messy process? >> i think the leaders compromise what we refer to as the supreme council of mubarak. they are trying to hijack the revolution. they are doing a terrible job of revolution. they deserve to stand trial for crimes against the egyptian people. they are losing popularity by the day. even with the average egyptian who does not care about the revolution. today, women were making it clear that they will not be able to hijack our revolution. >> a lot of attention has been
focused on tahrir square and the events that have occurred there throughout the year. we know that the vast majority of egyptians are not in tahrir square and many of them are concerned by what they see as the violence there and they do want the continuity of the army in the country. >> i think they used to what the continuity of the army in the country because they believe for a very long time and they were willing to give the benefit of the doubt that the army was what it said it was, which was the guardian of the revolution. the more they see the sadistic violence, the continued sexual violence against women. in 2005, the military subjected women to virginity test. myself and other women have been subjected to the violence. we deserve civilian leadership in egypt. i think the majority of egyptians don't need to be out
on the streets for the revolution to succeed. the majorities don't form revolutions, it is the majority that -- the minority that makes them succeed. the military is doing a terrible job of acting as a caretaker of the revolution. >> do you remain optimistic about what is going on in egypt? >> absolutely. i am forever optimistic about what is going on in egypt. if you remember in 2005 when demonstrations began wholeheartedly in egypt, there was only about 200. now we have a full-fledged revolution. we have demonstrations as the military and anyone who hijacked a revolution. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> it has been less than a week since the last u.s. troops left iraq and already they are facing political issues. the prime minister has demanded
that the vice-president is handed over for rest. prime minister nouri maliki is from the shia majority and tariq al-hashemi is from the suny minority. the divisions that have cost so many lives are rising again. >> all calm on the surface of baghdad but the country is on the rest of day crisis. -- is on the cusp of a crisis. the division between the shiite and sunni politicians could spill out into the streets. at the center is the sunni vice president, tariq al-hashemi. he denies that he ran hit squads targeting government officials. he is now in kurdistan. the shi'a prime tester has called on kurdish leaders to
hand him over. -- the shi'a prime minister has called on kurdish leaders to hand him over. >> there is only one way out of this, through the judicial system. hashemi should stand trial either to be found innocent or to be indicted. there is no other way. >> tariq al-hashemi has angrily rebutted the charges against him. he said that they were politically motivated. he did not trust the justice system under a government led by nouri maliki. >> i demand that the elementary investigation be held here in kurdistan and it should be observed by independent parties. for my part, i will be ready to appear in court, god willing. >> with sunnis accusing nouri maliki of manipulating power, the party did back -- the party
that they back is boycotting parliament. the center of power in baghdad, sunni provinces are pushing for autonomy from a shiite-led government that they see as too influenced by iran and not influencing them. it is only three days since the last u.s. troops left iraq after almost nine years. the americans had promoted the inclusion of the suny minority and noted it was dangerous to marginalize them. -- the americas promoted the inclusion of the sunni minority. in a country that has seen some much bloodshed, the stakes are very high. >> for more on the deepening rift and how much of a threat it poses, i spoke to a former government adviser who is now a senior fellow at the center for american progress. should we be worried? >> yes, extremely.
these kinds of tensions that are servicing could lead to renewed violence if the political process does not deal with this dispute in a peaceful way. we are on the press this of a real crisis and it is very where some at this point. -- we are on the edge of a real crisis. >> the american presence was providing the glued to bind together different sections within iraqi society. >> there is some element of truth to that but the simple fact of the matter is that when we innovate a country, we get rid of a sunni dictatorship, the rest is like gravity. the majority of the people are shi'a. they are in power. the deluded ourselves into thinking that we could not only stabilize the country but also grease the wheels towards a better political transition. what we are seeing is the rough- and-tumble of the iraqi politics. >> it is it just iraqi politics
or are we talking about regional influence and possibly negative influence? >> i worry that this will have broader implications. the gulf cooperation countries are concerned about what is going on inside iraq. they have expressed concern about iran. this rising shi'a vs sunni divide, you could see this coming again not only inside of iraq but having an echo chamber of fact around the region. >> the u.s.s. pulled is troops out and it has close relations with the government. is anything they can do? >> u.s. officials are trying to use the leverage that the u.s. has. there is considerable leverage. we are sending billions of dollars worth of weapons to the iraqi government. quietly behind the scenes and in public statements, we are saying this is bad, let's change the course. the levers that any outsider has is limited when it comes to nouri maliki.
>> let's talk about the kurds, because the vice president is in kurdish territory. they have indicated that they will not be handing him over. traditionally, they have played a power broker role. >> they only represent about 20% of the iraqi population, they have been the pivotal power. the kingmaker. what is interesting is that you see the shifting tide that will empower the kurds once again. that will be interesting. there are unresolved political issues that i think the surge of 2007, everybody had hoped would help address. they remain unresolved. >> and other news from around the world, the captain of england's football team is facing charges of racially abusing an opponent during a match in october.
the board said that they were satisfied that they had enough evidence to convict him of, said he made to anton ferdinand during a match. eurozone banks have borrowed nearly $600 billion on the cheap from the european central bank. over 500 banks borrowed from the scheme which was far beyond market expectations. the arrangement is part of a series of unprecedented measures to try to keep credit flowing. russia's parliament has met for the first time since the disputed election which promote public outrage. vladimir putin united russia party dominated the opening session but allegations of corruption remain. >> before the controversial new parliament even started work, there was violence outside. why police pulled away
protesters to complained that the election results were wait -- were rigged. throughout the session went ahead despite concerns about the fairness of the vote. a famous russian boxer and a man accused by the british police of murder were among those new members of parliament. tens of thousands of people and maybe millions do not regarded as legitimate. they believe that they are here because the authorities cheated. 11 days ago, moscow saw the biggest protest in a generation as people took to the streets demanding a new election. one of the most senior deputies for the ruling party, a united russia, insisted that the parliament was a fair reflection of the views of the country.
>> generally, people -- the composition of the parties. >> this man angrily disagreed. a movement demanding fair elections was given fresh impetus overnight with the release from jail of the increasingly influential political blogger, who immediately began campaigning against the next vote, the one for the president. tens of thousands are expected to turn out on saturday. >> still to come on the program , we travel to detroit where residents refuse to abandon a city blighted by unemployment and crime. to the annual hunt for a little piece of extra terrestrial turf. every year, scientific researchers had to the antarctic
in search of prized meter rights reserved by the climate. now the abundant supply has been brought to a new facility at the smithsonian institution in maryland. >> inside of these climate controlled cabinets lie prices particles of the cosmos. rocks off from space that scientists the snapshot of how planted earth was formed. >> that these have the early history of our solar system. they represent the earliest processes of planetary formation. >> this is the world's largest public connection of meteorites gathered from antarctica. you can see -- >> you can see this outer crust which is called a fusion cross which forms as it passes
through the atmosphere. you get this coating on the outside. >> around 5% of meteorites found on earth are thought to originate from the asteroid. these images show the surface craters caused by impact and scientists believe that it blew the rock into space. there are some 18,000 meter rights in the collection and there's always something new to be discovered. -- media rights - - meteorites in the collection and there's always something new to be discovered. a new nasa mission is set to reach an asteroid and at that point they should be able to tell if this rock or any of the others originated from that asteroid. >> of the past few years, every
city in america has taken quite a beating. nowhere has the heart ship been harder than in detroit. it is blighted by unemployment, violence, and homes that have been abandoned. detroit faces the distinction of being the largest u.s. city to be on the brink of bankruptcy. i traveled there to see how residents are coping. this is a city in crisis where even the mayor says the system is broken. >> the reality that we are facing is simple, if we continue down the same old path, we will lose the ability to control our own destiny. >> reporters are often too quick to compare places to war zone. detroit feels like the exception. it has been ravaged by crime, unemployment.
each pair of shoes thrown over the power lines reflects someone that has been killed in the streets. property prices have crashed and the population of detroit has collapsed. not everyone has abandoned the city. >> this one right here, no one lived. >> these are survivors. they are refusing to leave. >> i cannot go. i have been here since 1957. it is worse now. no jobs. it is hard for the young men to make any money. it used to be they could get jobs with no problem. get outy husband, let's of here. i think that we are ordained to stay. i see how they open up to us. >> the work they do is to
provide food, shelter, and real world counseling in an area where poverty, drug dealing, and violence are often a way of life. >> basically, no jobs. you pick the gun up, no guidance, you run wild. >> it is so hard. you would not even know which way to step to go to the right direction. >> his and her brother was killed in a shootout. you can almost feel the rage that burned inside of him. this is typical of the problems that they have to deal with. >> it is hard. me, i am different. >> i have to go to the free food place, i'm going there. if i have to go to the shelter, i'm going to the shelter. let me tell you something, if you have gone so low, you can go
nowhere but up. >> religion runs through the good deeds that keeps this to be hanging together by a fred. -- hani together by a thread. the gap between rich and poor in america is now bigger than it has been for 30 years. what we have seen from north to south is a country struggling to employ, house, and feed its poorest. >> the situation in detroit. now for a piece of history which has been rediscovered after nearly four decades. david bowie's performance in 1973 was thought to be lost for good. recently, a cameraman who was filming on the day realized he had kept a copy of the show at home.
now it is back on air for everyone to see and hear. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> this is vintage david bowie. when the pop star was putting the glam into rock. he looked fantastic and sounds even better. that performance by bowie of his hit was filmed here in studio 8. there was no backing tracks, it was the real thing. they recorded on the third of january, 1973, and it was broadcast a day later on "top of the pops.' that was the last time it was
seen until today. the recording was lost and presumed deleted until a few weeks ago when the cameraman mentioned that he had a copy at home. >> it was never lost. i always knew i had it, i just did not know that other people wanted it because it had been white by the bbc. no one realized that it was an iconic performance that you would want to have years on. >> he had made a special camera lens to create this visual effect which is why he created a copy, so he could demonstrate his work to other potential customers. ♪ ♪ thank goodness he did because what we see here is something very rare and very special. >> this really does show a lot
of young bands with flat performances. when you see this, it is utterly thrilling. >> this performance will delight in bowie fans the world over. the man who kept the tape says he has another hundred recordings from the same era. >> a marvelous piece of the video. there is one last piece we wanted to show you. this little polar bear cub was born last month at the scandinavian wildlife park in denmark. after his mother could not produce enough milk, the staff of the park took over his care. that brings today's show to a close. for all of us here, thank you for watching. we will see you back here tomorrow.
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